Psychology - Research

The goal of the structured PhD and MSc by research programmes is to provide a high quality research experience with integrated taught support.

Students who intend to pursue a PhD but who do not already hold a postgraduate qualification in psychology are initially registered to undertake a Master's degree, with transfer to the Doctoral programme subject to satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

Normally a first class or upper second class honours degree in psychology is required. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact members of staff to discuss their projected area of research.


MHW02 4 years Full-time
MHW03 6 years Part-time
MHW04 2 years Full-time
MHW05 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Deirdre Desmond
Tel :+353 (0)1 708 6479


Psychology at Maynooth is a vibrant and internationally-recognised centre of excellence in research on health, mental health and community psychology, biobehavioural processes, cognition and neuroscience. Students and academics work in state-of-the-art research facilities that include an ERP laboratory, as well as neuroscience, social psychology, and developmental psychology laboratories.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date - Rolling Closing Date

Research areas

Research interests in the Department include: community, health and mental health psychology; the experimental analysis of behaviour; behavioural neuroscience; spatial navigation; circadian rhythms and sleep; language and memory.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!